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Four civilians critically injured as Indian forces open fire across LoC

RAWALPINDI: Indian forces on Saturday resorted to unprovoked fire in Leepa Sector along the Line of Control (LoC) employing heavy calibre weapons. According to media wing of armed forces, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), as usual the Indian forces deliberately targeted civilian population and injured four innocent civilians. The injured namely Zaheer, Nasir, Munir and Shaukat are the residents of Bijildar and Battlian villages. Pakistan Army effectively responded by targeting Indian posts, said the ISPR.…

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high: UN

KABUL: The number of Afghan civilians killed in the country's long-running conflict hit a record high in the first six months of 2018, UN figures showed Sunday, with militant attacks and suicide bombs the leading causes of death. The toll of 1,692 fatalities was one percent more than a year earlier and the highest since the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) began keeping records in 2009. Another 3,430 people were wounded in the war, down five percent from the same period last year, the report…

Pakistan condemns killing of three civilians in occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday strongly condemned brutal use of force by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir, which resulted in the death of three civilians and injuries to several others at Ganowpora in Shopian district.   In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said countering peaceful, unarmed protesters with lethal weapons and direct bullets is a manifestation of state-terrorism being perpetrated by India against Kashmiris everyday. He said Kashmiri young men were being systematically targeted…

Two women martyred, five injured in Indian firing along Working Boundary

RAWALPINDI: Two women embraced martyrdom and five other civilians including three women sustained gunshot wounds when Indian Border Security Force resorted to unprovoked firing along working boundary in Sialkot, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Thursday. According to the army’s media wing, the civilians were targeted in an unprovoked cross-border firing in Chaprar sector’s Kundan Pur village of Sialkot city. Punjab Rangers conducted retaliatory firing and responded to neutralize the Indian…

U.S. probes video apparently showing shooting of Afghan civilian

KABUL: U.S. military authorities are investigating a video widely circulated on Afghan social media that apparently shows a U.S. service member firing into a civilian truck driving along a road in Afghanistan, a spokesman said. “The video in question is not official, not authorized and does not represent the professionalism of the service members of U.S. Central Command,” Air Force Col. John Thomas, a spokesman for the U.S. military Central Command, said in an emailed statement. “We are conducting an investigation into…

Russian strike kills 34 civilians in Syria

DAMASCUS: At least 34 civilians were killed on Sunday when Russian warplanes targeted ferries carrying them across the Euphrates River near Syria's eastern city of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group initially reported 21 deaths in Russian air strikes but later raised the toll to 34, saying that “more bodies have been found in the river”. Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said nine children were among those killed fleeing fighting and that “dozens” of…

Killing civilians, inadvertent crossers at LoC unprofessional, unsoldierly: Pakistan tells India

RAWALPINDI: Director General Military Operation (DGMO) Pakistan on Monday told his Indian counterpart that killing of innocent civilians and inadvertent crossers at the Line of Control (LoC) and labeling them infiltrators was highly unprofessional and unsoldierly. He said this by establishing special hotline contact in the backdrop of recent ceasefire violations by Indian Army along the LoC and Working Boundary. Pakistani DGMO Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza raised issues of unprovoked firing by Indian troops along the…

DGMO contacts Afghan counterpart, condemns firing on civilians

ISLAMABAD: Director General Military Opeartions (DGMO) Pakistan Army Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza on Friday established contact through hotline with his Afghan counterpart and condemned unprovoked firing on Pakistani villagers and security forces which left 10 dead and 42 others injured. The DGMO told his counterpart that the villages are situated on both sides but Pakistan forces and civilians are on their own side of the border. The Afghan DGMO acknowledged that border is in between villages and not at the…

Number of displaced in Mosul operation passes 125,000: UN

ARBIL, IRAQl: More than 125,000 Iraqis have been displaced since the start in October of an offensive to retake Mosul from jihadists, the United Nations said Wednesday. "Following the intensification of military operations in Mosul city on 29 December, the rate of displacement from Mosul has increased markedly, with over 9,000 people having fled the city in the space of four days," said the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. OCHA also said about 14,000 of the 125,568 people confirmed to have been…

Air strikes kill 22 civilians in eastern Syria: monitor

BEIRUT: Air strikes carried out by unidentified aircraft killed at least 22 civilians, including 10 children, in a village held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, a monitor said Wednesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the civilians were from two families at Hojna in Deir Ezzor, which borders Iraq and is the country's second biggest province after Homs. The oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor is almost totally under IS control and has been regularly targeted by a US-led military coalition. The…